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The Smith article Homelessglobal scaling places is about space and scale These are things essential to every person in the world as we all physically inhabit and utilise spaces Smith speaks of space at scales of body home community urban regional national and global He suggests space as meaningfully separate and opposed to time based meaning which has long been recognised as meaningful and political Smith claims that space has been belittled and neglected and that language sufficient to express the changing and dynamic empowered natures of space are insufficient and stagnating rather than liberating and appropriate Smith in his article relates examples of homelessness and space in the New York urban environment through the Tompkins square park riots around late 1980s and the Homeless Vehicle designed by Krzytof Wodiczko These examples encompass modification re-claiming representation and creation of space and serve to bring together art aesthetics the poor and homeless in urban space Scale as well as space is produced in socially constructed ways and involves levels of body community region and nation Smith suggests four aspects the social interconnectedness of scales to be -Identity the characteristics that render each scale coherent -Internal differences -Borders with other scales and -Political possibilities for resistance inherent in the production of scales and the abolishing of boundaries leading to possible jumping of scales p101 Smith 1993 It is in terms of these aspects of scale that we recognise conflict and begin to understand the aesthetics and art of the homeless and poor The presence of homeless and poor became a focus in Tompkins Park a symbolic and physical centre for evicted people and thus a politically charged space Their presence was in opposition
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